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"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Dragon Drawings


I was shopping at Michaels one day, browsing the book section, and came across this cool book: THE ART OF DRAWING DRAGONS, by Michael Dobrzycki. What I like about this book is not only the step-by-step instructions, but how it features dragons and other mythological creatures from around the world, including those originating in Egyptian, Irish, Norse, and Greek mythology. 


I photocopied a bunch of pages and leave them in a folder for my students to use when they 
have free time (early finishers!!)  These are some finished ones by my Grades 4 - 6 students:

















Monday, August 27, 2018

Pencil Monsters


This is a creative and fun lesson that I like to do at the start of the year with my Grade 4 students. It gives me a fairly good idea of my new students' drawing and creative capabilities and is also pretty straightforward and a good way to ease kids back into the art room routines. 

I found the lesson HERE on the Apex Elementary Art blog.

So I save all my stubby pencils that won't fit into the electric sharpener in a zip lock back in a drawer by my sharpener. That way it's convenient and easy for me to remember to put them in there as opposed to simply tossing them in the garbage. 


Each student gets a 8 x 11" sheet of cardstock. They goal is to take a pencil and design a monster/creature that's somehow interacting with the pencil. Some students obviously get this better than others. Creativity isn't something one can necessarily teach! They sketch their image out in pencil and then colour it in using black markers.  Once they've decided where their pencil goes and everything is coloured they bring it to me and I hot glue on the pencil.




Some Grade 4 results!













Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alberta Landscape Regions in Pointillism Style


I've never taught a Pointillism lesson before simply because when I've tried to make a sample, I've found it so tedious. If I think it's tedious I imagine my kids, who have a shorter attention span than me, would really struggle with completing one!
Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. French artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.

Nonetheless, I think I've found a project that is not so tedious and time consuming and it's by simply using markers. I collaborated with the Social Studies teacher for this project. In Grade 4 Social Studies in my province, they learn about the six bio-regions of Alberta. Alberta is blessed with six distinct natural regions: Aspen Parkland, Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, Grassland, Foothill and Rocky Mountain. Each region has its own unique landscape features and climate and each supports its own distinct species of animals and plants. I showed students photo examples of each region from THIS WEBSITE for inspiration.


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On regular copy paper, students lightly sketched out a landscape of their choice. I provide lots of photo references and try to buy calendars on sale. Using a variety of markers, students coloured in each section using only dots. I encouraged them to mix different colours within each section to get a more sophisticated effect. If you're on a time crunch, cut the paper down to 5 x 7". 
















Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Very Hungry Caterpillar Watercolour Collage


"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was my absolute favorite book as a young child. I loved the holes n the book pages and the colorful painted textures of the collage technique. 
For this lesson with my Grade 2's, we didn't create painted collage papers, instead did simple illustrations of the book using Sharpie and watercolour. Students drew all their images on heavy white paper, painted them, let them dry and they cut them all out and arranged them on a new sheet of paper. Oh, and of course, used a single hole punch to create 'holes' in our food ;)





Some of the Grade 2 results:









Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pop Art Hearts Mixed Media


This is a fun and colourful project that I found on Instagram HERE on the art teacher account by Lauralee Chambers. Her photo was so whimsical and happy I knew I had to try the lesson.

We used bleeding art tissue- they type that dissolves its colour when wet. It can be tricky to find 
where I live so I order it online. 


So Grade 5 students chose their colours for the background and cut the tissue paper into large squares. I had pre-cut heavy white paper into squares. They wet the paper, lay down a tissue square then let dry and peeled them off at the end of class. This easily took one 40 minute period- some kids didn't even finish. I have to say that these were absolutely gorgeous on their own!! Once dry, though, I found the colours faded a bit and were lighter.




The next class, students folded a scrap sheet of copy paper in half and cut out a heart, making sure it was large enough to fill a good chunk of the background paper (we talk about focal point here). 
They trace their heart template onto the background paper and paint it with tempera. Some mixed in glitter glue for extra sparkle. 



Once dry, students added a chunky white highlight using chalk. Fun!







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